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Crusaders Fall 2-1 to N.C. State in Season Opener
Ryan Schwarz made five saves in net against the Wolfpack.
Ryan Schwarz made five saves in net against the Wolfpack.

Friday, August 31, 2007

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The Valparaiso men’s soccer team went into the half tied 1-1 with ACC foe North Carolina State Friday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C., but eventually fell, 2-1, to the Wolfpack in the first match of the Wolfpack Classic.

“This is a match where, while we’re not happy with the result, we can be happy with the way we performed on the field,” said Crusader head coach Mike Avery, who was coaching his first match at the head of the Valpo program.  “We really came into a tough environment and showed people what the Valpo men’s soccer program is all about.”

N.C. State, which tied #1/1 UCLA 2-2 in its only exhibition match, got on the board first in the 16th minute.  Ernesto Di Laudo took a long lead pass behind the defense from Jorge Mora and beat Valpo keeper Ryan Schwarz (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) to put the Wolfpack up 1-0.

The Crusaders responded in the 25th minute to tie the game.  Given a throw-in deep in N.C. State territory, Oscar Lomeli (Jalisco, Mexico/ (Bethel [Ind.]) threw the ball long into the box.  Adrian Ortiz (Berwyn, Ill./Morton West) got the ball up in the air on the head of Mario Diaz (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel [South Suburban]), who headed the ball past Christopher Widman to knot up the match at one.

Valpo found itself at a disadvantage for most of the second half as, in the 48th minute, Tyler Pagano (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein [Massachusetts]) was sent off with a red card, leaving the Crusaders with just ten men on the field.  Despite the disadvantage, Valpo played right with the Wolfpack for the entire second half, but eventually gave up the deciding goal to Orry Powers in the 80th minute.  The Crusaders got a couple of quality scoring opportunities late, but could not put the ball in the back of the net.

“After we got a man down, we really responded well,” said Avery.  “The entire team really stepped up and kept us within striking distance, and I’m happy with the way we played.”

The Wolfpack had an 18-6 advantage in the shots category, and put seven on frame as compared to four by the Crusaders.  Schwarz stopped five shots for Valpo, while Widman made three stops.  The Brown and Gold took four corner kicks while N.C. State (1-0-0) had just one.

Valparaiso (0-1-0) concludes play at the Wolfpack Classic on Sunday, Sept. 2, as the Crusaders travel down the road to Durham to take on #4/3 Duke.  The game against the Blue Devils is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. CDT.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay